Culture Notes

How active are we? 

Garmin’s wearable devices give the company interesting insights into how the COVID-19 outbreak has affected our fitness activities. When comparing activity in the U.S. to a year ago, Garmin reported a 64 per cent increase in virtual cycling. Lap swimming is down 88 per cent, but virtual running (performed on a treadmill by linking a smartwatch to an outside app) saw a steep increase in the second half of March. Walking as a logged activity profile is up 18 per cent from last year’s activity during the same time frame. 

May flowers

With so many of us at home, there may never be a better time to spend to develop a green thumb. The Old Farmer’s Almanac offers these tips for gardening May: 

  • Start an herb garden by putting plants into soil
  • Don’t rush to plant tomato, eggplant, pepper, okra and other heat-loving seedlings until risk of frost is over
  • Place houseplants outside once nights remain above 10C
  • Plant your favourite annuals 

For more tips visit

Visit Canada’s museums and galleries virtually

Many of Canada’s galleries and museums are offering virtual exhibitions and experiences to explore our collective history and art. 

History and Canadian War Museum each offer an at home experience –

National Gallery of Canada invites online visitors to enjoy Photostories Canada at

Royal Ontario Museum offers a virtual tour from home or check out its online collections at

Royal BC Museum in Victoria offers a robust selection of online resources at